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August 27, 2015


My Favorite Comics Fundraiser In Quite Some Time Is Two Days Away From Completion

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When I say I have a favorite comics fundraiser, I mean the way the money is being raised -- almost every fundraising project that comics widely endorses is worth loving. I also will admit I don't have a refined aesthetic for fundraisers. Still, I've been looking at these original-art-as-cover Tarzan and thinking of a way I could have lived my life totally differently to afford one. They're relatively cheap at this point, too.

Here's a drop-page for all of the auctions, over at Heritage.

This benefits a scholarship at Mr. Kubert's school, Mr. Kubert being the late, longtime Tarzan artist Joe Kubert (the interiors featuring his work in the AE treatment we've all come to love).
 
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Tim Corrigan, RIP

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Go, Look: This Only Happened Because People Organized

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Festivals Extra: OSU/CCAD Releases Full AAEC 2015 Schedule

imageThat's a lot of letters in the headline. Basically it's the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Columbus College Of Art & Design teaming up to host the Association Of American Editorial Cartoonists' yearly meeting in Columbus, Ohio. That's an interesting group with at least two major news stories among its membership: the Ted Rall/LA Times battle, and Matt Bors leaving Medium.com to strike out on his own with The Nib.

Another thing to note is how relatively loaded that line-up is, and it's not like the AAEC annual conventions are something to which a lot of people have paid attention over the years. Feiffer is being skyped in, but he had originally agreed to attend. Peter Kuper? Mike Peters? Liza Donnelly? That's a show right there, along with a bunch of attending membership talent. This should be fun to see. It breaks my heart a little bit how removed the editorial cartooning expression is from the vital mainstream of a resurgent comics medium, and I'm always hoping that will change.
 
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OTBP: Thunder In The Building #2

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Go, Look: The Scream Of Things

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I love the look of this early Barry Smith comic; it's very charming
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this was last night, but I'm super-intrigued by the idea of a Facebook posting about an event leading to con organizers presenting and contextualizing the event differently.

* the SPX tumblr is like 24/7 posts about debuts from young cartoonists. They do an excellent job with that audience.

* finally, here's a review of a small, charming-looking mini-con.
 
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Go, Look: Various Grant Snider Comics

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2015

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August 28
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)
* If I Were In Clifton Park, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Auckland, I'd Go To This (Auckland Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cyprus, I'd Go To This (Cyprus Comic Con)

August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)

August 31
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This

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September 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)
* If I Were In Omaha, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 22
* If I Were In Baton Rouge, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 28
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 29
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 30
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Tim Sale Black And White Images Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* holy crap, to be rich: the great Phoebe Gloeckner plans to start selling original art.

image* Sean Kleefeld on The Blacker The Ink. Eryn Carlson on The Hirschfeld Century.

* not comics: one-time comics industry art director Evan Sult now owns the St. Louis magazine on which he's been working the last few years.

* the writer Dan Slott notes that readers on both sides of the current American political spectrum will sometimes dog a creator for not writing according to their political outlook. I'm sure this happens, but that it doesn't happen to everyone all of the time suggests that there's perhaps a certain kind of book or a certain kind of dialogue that triggers that sort of attention.

* Kara Szamborski and Matt Kolowski talk to Skottie Young. David Brothers talks to Josh Williamson. Christian Hoffer talks to David Walker.

* go, look: Teenie Weenies. Here's another beautiful-looking early strip, courtesy of Peter Maresca.

* happy birthday to Molly Rose.

* a comic by Jiro Kuwata heavily influenced by Silver Age Superman comic books? Yes, I think I would like to see that. My apologies to the person that had it where I could see it.

* not comics: I'm not sure that I've ever looked at Miles Davis' visual art.

* finally, Gene Luen Yang offers this up for charity.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Denis Kitchen!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Matt Wiegle!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Melissa Mendes!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Phil Hester!

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August 26, 2015


Go, Look: Daan Jippes Disney Covers

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OTBP: Limonchik

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Go, Read: Fun Home Declining Duke Student Writes On Own Behalf

Here's a short essay by Brian Grasso, a Duke freshman who made news for refusing to read the suggested work Fun Home, as he believed some of its images will lead to immorality. It's worth reading.

I feel badly for this young man, and for people that think in terms of engaging with art on these really simplistic terms. I try not to do so simply by trumping the sanctimony already on display, although it's difficult. I know I sound like a dick here. I actually think there's something to be said for opting out of secular opportunities in service of faith. I have friends that have followed clergy and lay paths that involve significant withdrawal from society or elements thereof. No one's opting out of anything here except a suggested assignment. The perversity on display isn't the idea that reading some work is immoral, although one might note that the Bible passage cited is focused on how a work is processed rather than the work iself. What's concerning is a little bit that this particular work should be read that way, which seems capricious, and a whole lot that as a result of this person's stance the institution has to adjust ever so slightly to his conception of morality, including his feelings of entitlement in having these experiences anticipated by his school and being helped along with what he chooses to engage and with what he doesn't and how.

This is obviously untenable in the broader sense if applied over time; anyone can set these standards anywhere they like. That doesn't make anyone that does so a bad person, but it does make them a less than ideal student. The notion presented that he's having a real exchange of ideas via a trade of a few explanatory sentences about morality with another student whom he describes as some exotic other is so sad it makes my teeth ache. At best, that's 20 minutes of one pretty good night in a dormitory hallway -- in college you ideally grapple with all of history, all of art, all of culture, not to mention the entirety of messy humanity that your fellow students represent, and not in a way that adjusts itself to how you would like that presented to you. That's the best part about college, if you're a believer or if you're not. That and the opportunities to date.

I don't think this person is ready to be a student of much of anything except their own self-regard, and I say this as someone that comes from what sounds like a similar background. It hardly matters; these institutions are paid commercial enterprises and don't really take an idealized educational mission seriously enough to object, let alone take a stand. I'm sad in this case that Bechdel's work should be unfairly impugned by an offhand vision of it from someone that's not even engaged, sad that this student is indulged in a form of intellectual sloth by ultimately being supported in his views on how to proceed, and sad that the community misses out on his input to the broader conversation. I'd rather have a student that struggled to write the op-ed but struggled through the book.
 
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Go, Read: Oliver Ristau And Shawn Starr Interview Alex Degen

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Go, Look: Working In Geektown

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Bergen Street Comics Announces Closure For Next Month

imageThe excellent comic book shop Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn has announced its closure via a post on its web site from Tom Adams, speaking on behalf of himself and Amy Adams. They promise a proper launch for Bergen Street Comics Press and a closing date sometime next month. The post says that the store has been open six years.

I think this will be more and more common in the future as a lot of people do a variety of jobs over their professional lives -- not just by choice, although there's some of that with certain folks, but also because of economic choices at different stages of lives and, as always, the changing retail landscape. I am in awe of anyone who does that job for one year, let alone six or more. I wish all involved with that store the best of luck in the future. It has and will be -- for the next month -- one of the good ones.
 
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If I Were Near Manhattan Beach, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Joe Maneely Drawing Humor Pages

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Michael Buntag on Girl In Dior. Benito Cereno on Krazy Kat.

* here's an interesting piece by Rob Salkowitz on nostalgia as a way of discerning differences between two general ages of fandom. I think he's onto something with a lot of it. I might caution against characterizing knowledge of history as a purely an outcome of a nostalgic point of view. I think there have been plenty of scholars and general students of the medium that always distrusted nostalgia and are as equally likely as any group operating today to have wanted to indict nostalgia's blind adherents. I'm also not sure just personally I ever felt entitled for a turn at the spearpoint of comics culture. There are a lot of funs things to think about in there, though, agree with them or not.

* makes sense there would be a company like this, although I never thought a publisher would be that open about it.

* not sure how this cover ended up in my bookmarks, but I like all of the pink.

* Bully calls bad taste not once but twice on the use of the Vietnam names wall as a visual element on a comic book cover.

* Dave Richards talks to Rick Remender. Meagan Damore talks to James Robinson. Steve Foxe talks to Jon Goldwater.

* the business news and analysis site ICv2.com has an update on goings-on with ComicsPRO, including an initiative called Local Comic Shop Day.

* finally, a Doctor Strange hero history from the writer Ben McCool seems appropriate with the Marvel movie version starting to film soon.
 
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Happy 36th Birthday, Francis Manapul!

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